Established in 1978, the Private Sewage System Replacement or Rehabilitation Grant Program provides financial incentives to protect and improve public health, safety and groundwater quality in Wisconsin. As part of this program, participating Wisconsin counties may apply to the Department of Commerce (DOC) for grants to financially assist homeowners and owners of small commercial establishments in rehabilitating or replacing a failing private sewage system.
Through Comm 87, Wisconsin Administrative Code and Chapter 145.245 Wisconsin Statutes, rules were established for the implementation and administration of the Wisconsin Fund Grant Program.
Qualification for a grant is dependent on household income and the nature of failure of the system being replaced. To apply for a grant, you must obtain a sanitary permit, complete an application form, and provide evidence of your annual income.
The Vernon County Board has established an application fee of $200 for participation in the Grant Program. This fee is to offset the county administrative costs and the cost of supervising installation and maintenance.
It is best to apply as soon as your new system has been installed. However, you may apply up to three years after the date of the enforcement order. Grant funds are allocated on an annual cycle. The county submits application to the Department Of Commerce by January 31 each year. DOC then makes grant awards the following fiscal year (after July 1) with payment issued the following fall.